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OSU honors Tulsa faculty with awards, appointments

Published: Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Dr. Amanda Morris, George Kaiser Family Foundation Endowed Chair in Child Development at OSU-Tulsa, center, was named OSU Regents Professor by OSU Provost Dr. Gary Sandefur, left, and Dr. Stephan M. Wilson, dean of the OSU College of Human Sciences in December.

Several OSU-Tulsa faculty were recognized for their achievements on Dec. 6 during the 2017 University Awards Convocation in Stillwater.

Dr. Amanda Morris, George Kaiser Family Foundation Endowed Chair in Child Development and professor of human development, was named OSU Regents Professor and finance professor Dr. Ali Nejadmalayeri was named the ONEOK Foundation Chair in Finance.

Additional honorees include:

Newly Appointed Regents Professors

  • Amanda Morris, Human Development & Family Science, College of Human Sciences 

President’s Cup for Creative Interdisciplinary

  • Second Place
    MITO Material Solutions

Dr. Ranji Vaidyanathan, co-principal investigator and OSU-Tulsa materials science and engineering professor, developed the startup company’s nanoadditive product. The nanoadditive doubles the toughness of composite materials utilized in aerospace, recreation and automotive industries.

  • Third Place
    Using Virtual Reality to Advance STEM Education in Oklahoma 
Team Leader
    Dr. Ed Harris, Williams Chair of Educational Leadership and OSU-Tulsa educational leadership professor.

Merrick Foundation Teaching Award

  • Ali Nejadmalayeri, finance professor, Spears School of Business, OSU-Tulsa 

Spears School of Business Professorships, Chairs

  • Emma Wang, Jay Helm Professorship in Business at OSU-Tulsa
  • Ali Nejadmalayeri, ONEOK Foundation Chair in Finance
  • Tom Stone, Carson Priority Excellence Chair in Business Administration


To view the full list of honorees, visit the OSU-Stillwater website.



MITO Material Solutions placed second in the President's Cup for Creative Interdisciplinary on Dec. 6 in Stillwater. Dr. Richard Gajan, Thoma Family Clinical Assistant Professor, left, celebrates with MITO teammates Haley Keith, her husband Kevin Keith, both OSU graduates, and co-principal investigator Dr. Ranji Vaidyanathan, OSU-Tulsa Varnadow Professor of Materials Science and Engineering, on their second-place win in the Rice Business Plan Competition last spring.

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